Ranelagh appoints Martin-Redman

Simon Martin-Redman, former head of public affairs at accountancy firm Deloitte and Touche, has joined lobbying firm Ranelagh as managing director.

Simon Martin-Redman, former head of public affairs at accountancy

firm Deloitte and Touche, has joined lobbying firm Ranelagh as managing

director.



A navy officer of 18 years Martin-Redman has been at Deloitte and Touche

for three years. He joined Ranelagh on 10 February but has not yet been

replaced at Deloitte and Touche.



Martin-Redman’s appointment follows the sale of Ranelagh by its founder

and majority shareholder Jonathan Sayeed to Corporate Services Group

last October.



Sayeed, a former MP and prospective parliamentary candidate for the safe

Tory seat of mid-Bedfordshire, founded the firm in 1992. The other

shareholders which included James Pawsey, MP for Rugby and Kenilworth

and Dick Tracey, MP for Surbiton, have also sold to CSG.



Martin-Redman is putting together a new board of directors and is soon

to appoint two account directors. He said the firm now has around ten

staff with a fee income of around pounds 500,000 and his intention was

to make the firm more cross-party and eventually include financial PR.

’I believe the days of the political consultancy are dying - you’ve got

to be a one-stop shop,’ he told PR Week.



Although Sayeed works with CSG as chairman of its training division,

Martin-Redman stressed the former MP had no connection with

Ranelagh.



Nor did the firm have links with any other MPs or peers, he added.



Martin-Redman declined to name any of Ranelagh’s clients, which include

two drug companies, a cancer charity and an investment bank.



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